A New Illumination
Our goal at Illumination has always been simple: helping readers more fully understand and appreciate the amazing scientific, scholarly and creative achievements of MU’s scientists, scholars and students.
We strive to do this in two equally straightforward ways. One is by providing intelligent, in-depth reporting on the sorts of scientific and scholarly subjects that seldom appear in commercial media. The other is by using striking visual elements to highlight the energy, excitement and wonder of the research and scholarship we chronicle.
This latest issue of Illumination, our first redesign since 2007, represents the culmination of a year-long effort, led by Illumination’s art director Blake Dinsdale, to recast the magazine’s visual identity in a way that achieves these objectives while better serving the needs and interests of contemporary information consumers.
Because you’ve become accustomed to absorbing data through information graphics, for example, the new-look Illumination will include more charts, graphs and number-driven visuals. Because you told us you appreciate shorter features, we’ve expanded our front-of-the-book offerings by two full spreads. Photography and illustration have long been Illumination mainstays. Now they will play an even more prominent role, as new grids and type-flow adjustments free up space for larger images and more creative headline treatments.
Rest assured, our commitment to long-form science and technology reporting has not changed. In this issue, for instance, you’ll encounter a plant scientist whose genomic probing is shedding light on a mystery dating back to Charles Darwin. You’ll meet psychological sciences researchers whose ingeniously designed studies are yielding important insights into babies’ cognitive development. And you will discover how breeders and social scientists are teaming up to deliver solutions to nutrition-challenged African farmers and consumers. Stories such as these will remain the core of our content. Our design changes will simply provide them with a vibrant, graphically rich environment that, we hope, will spur greater reader interest and enthusiasm.
The University of Missouri has long been at pioneer in all things media. For my part, I look forward to building on that great tradition by setting a new standard for excellence in research publications. I hope you will agree that the new Illumination is a solid first step.
Hank C. Foley, PhD,
Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development